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Resolute Beach

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Published February 16th 2013
View along the beach

Nestled in the vast and mysterious surrounds of Ku-ring-gai-Chase National Park, and overlooking Sydney's famed Palm Beach, Resolute Beach is a stunning yet secluded piece of Australia's magnificent landscape. The strong juxtaposition of sun burnt sand and lapping blue waves gives this stunning location a sense of clandestine beauty.

[ADVERT]Enclosed by mountainous cliffs and vast green bush, Resolute Beach is a mysterious and often forgotten Sydney treasure. Vehicle entry into the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia's second oldest national park, is a flat rate of $11, yet to access the beach, a hike of eight kilometres is needed. This three hour hike is not for the faint-hearted or weary. Departing from the Resolute Picnic Ground, it involves immense walking, steep inclines and uneven ground surface. However, the scenery along the way is spectacular.

Various lookouts are situated along the track, as well as stunning waterfalls and the fascinating Red Hands Cave, an Aboriginal site dating back 2000 years. The track to the beach is relatively clean and you will have a high chance of spotting native fauna in action, including kangaroos or blue tongue lizards.


The beach itself is a striking treasure of Sydney Harbour. Extremely clean and shady, it provides a secluded locale for picnics or general relaxation. The beach is free from large rocks or rubble, which presents visitors with a large area to explore.

Resolute Beach delivers beautiful seaside views, a wonderful swimming spot and is also clothing optional, for the more adventurous.

A natural spring runs through the rock face of the cliffs surrounding the beach. Coupled with numerous clusters of rock pools, Resolute Beach is an enchanting and idyllic spot.

Overall, Resolute Beach is a stunning yet secluded piece of natural landscape that adds to Sydney's charm and notoriety. The seclusion adds to the mystery behind the actual history of the area. The blue waters and sunburnt sand, combined with marvellous lookouts and Aboriginal antiquity, is an obligation for all adventurers.
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Why? To experience Sydney's hidden treasures
Phone: 9974 1011
Where: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Cost: $11 vehicle entry
Your Comment
A well-written article that surely captures and emphasises the beauty of this unfrequented gem of a place. Angelica describes its surreptitious beauty unbeknownst to most Australians with elaborate sophistication. Of course, what most people think of when you mention Australian landmarks are equally beautiful places such as the Three Sisters, Uluru, or the Blue Mountains. This beach surely does not get enough exposure, but one should be grateful that Ms. Angelica J cares enough to write about it in an article, and hopefully allow others who have not been to Resolute Beach before to see what a gem Resolute Beach truly is.
by Moretti (score: 0|2) 2530 days ago
Correction - it is not on Sydney Harbour - it is on Pittwater, an entirely separate waterway.
by lauri (score: 0|2) 2503 days ago
Red Hands Cave in in the Blue Mountains, about 40-50km away. Totally different national park :)
by gorax (score: 0|2) 2494 days ago
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